Pirates 1-1 For Week

Jan 15, 2013
by Ezra Lacina
Pirate Ian Stewart shoots over the defense of Cedar Park's Daniel Christenson as time runs down in the fourth quarter of Friday's basketball game. Photo Rik Forschmiedt /
The Pirates ended the week in another split. Vashon won their first contest against Charles Wright Academy, but lost at home against a dominant Cedar Park Christian team.

On Tuesday the Pirates travelled to the Charles Dome facing an even matched Terriers team. “It was a very physical game” said head coach Andy Sears. The first quarter was back and fourth. Neither team was able to pull away from the other. Sophomore Jesse Norton got off to a hot start scoring most of the points for the Pirates in the first quarter, but the Terriers kept pace throughout the quarter. The first period ended with a score of 11 to 10 Terriers on top.

The second quarter was much of the same story, but the Pirates had the upper hand. The Pirates defense started to toughen up. Norton had a great block down near the basket followed by one of his smooth lay ups. Later in the quarter freshman Sam Yates hit a three to put the Pirates in the lead. At the end of the half the Pirates lead 25 to 20.

The third quarter was low scoring with a lot of tough defense by both teams. Down in the paint it seemed more like a wrestling match then a basketball game. In the third the Pirates scored 5 with the Terriers scoring 7.

The fourth quarter was a sprint to the finish line. People in the crowd seemed to just know this game would be decided in the final seconds. With less than a minute left Jesse hit a big three to take the lead. In the final seconds Charles Wright had a chance to win, but the Pirate defense won the battle and the game with a final score 42-39. Jesse Norton led the pirates in scoring with 20 points.

The pirates returned home to face the number one ranked Cedar Park Christian team.

The first quarter was very one sided in Cedar Parks favor. They dominated on offense, scoring fast and the Pirates didn’t play smart offense for most of the first quarter. Sophomore Ian Stewart started to pick it up in the second part of the first quarter getting some crucial steals and driving the lane with authority.

In the second quarter Jesse Norton added a couple of threes and the Pirates began their come back. The defense started to play harder and the Pirates took the lead to end the half up 19 to 17.

The second half started dismal for the Pirates, scoring only 5 points in the third quarter to Cedar Park’s 18. The Pirates came alive in the fourth scoring 20, but they had dug themselves to deep of a hole, losing 69-52. Senior Ben Whitaker led the Pirates in scoring with 18 points. “You can really see why they are the number one team” said Sears. This game showed the Pirate fans the kind of competition the team will need to beat to make it to the tournament.